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How to Setup VPN on an Android Device

By Shahadat Hossain | 28 November 2013 at 5:32 am CET | One Comment

Do you want to beat the firewall imposed by governments or network administrators? Do you want to unblock on-demand sites and services that you cannot use from your location? Do you want to download big files or want to use BitTorrent without any restriction imposed by your ISP? Do you want to access your business network while you’re out of your office? Do you want to surf the internet anonymously by hiding your IP address?

Whatever you want, you can get all of these advantages by setting up a VPN; and it’s quite easy to set one up. However, if you need some help, you can read our article on, “How to Change My IP Address“. In this article, I am going to tell you how to setup a VPN on Android device.

There are several ways to setup a VPN connection on Android devices. You can easily setup VPN on Android manually or by Android applications. But at first take a look at the reason; why you need a VPN connection. If you need VPN for internet security and data privacy you should choose a service that will not monitor your private data and browsing history.

However, if you need VPN to break GEO restrictions you should choose the most reliable and trusted service. If you want to use on-demand sites and services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO GO, etc.) you should choose a service that can handle necessary bandwidth for video streaming. Now let me introduce you with a VPN service that will give you all of the facilities discussed above.

Choose a Trusted VPN Provider first

If you want to setup VPN on an Android device with Android applications, I will recommend Express VPN or Pure VPN. They provide excellent services and will allow you to connect to highly anonymous VPN servers, but they have only a few servers and they are costly. For instance:

Express VPN has 100+ VPN servers that are located in over 15 countries and package cost is $12.95/month.

PureVPN has 300+ VPN servers that are located in over 26 countries and package cost is $15/month (with a Private IP).

However, the VPN for Android I want to recommend is HideMyAss Pro VPN. They have 507 VPN servers located in over 63 Countries and will give you more than 60,000 IP addresses for as low as $6.55/month. This is the only service that will give you the highest number of VPN servers and highest rank of security of your private data.

HideMyAss VPN never monitor users’ personal data and internet history; they just monitor when users connect to VPN and when disconnect. All of your data will encrypt through your VPN server, so data security should be your main concern in this field. Other services also provide data security, but HideMyAss VPN is the trusted one in this field. The only one weakness of HideMyAss is that they have not built any application for Android yet. However, setting up VPN in Android devices is a quick process and it’s quite easy.

Step 1: Create a new VPN connection on Your Android device:

Firstly, open the settings page on your smartphone or any other android device. Then tap “Wireless & networks” and then tap “VPN” (On Android 2.3, tap “VPN Settings”) Now enter your VPN details (On Android 2.3, tap “Add VPN”.)

Android device

[Note: To get your VPN details, just login to your HideMyAss Account (http://vpn.hidemyass.com) and click over the PPTP. You will get your VPN server name and password here.]

Usually PPTP servers are very hard to block; so we should choose PPP encryption. (On Android 2.3, you should select “Add PPTP VPN” while creating your VPN profile)

Android device

Now save your data and thus you have configured VPN on your Android device.

Step-2: Connect to VPN server:

You have already configured your VPN, now connect to a VPN. You just need to tap the “VPN” to connect to a VPN server and use the username and password that you got in your HideMyAss control panel.

HideMyAss Pro VPN will allow you to add as many PPTP servers as you want (up to 507 servers) and switch between them anytime you want. For the next time, you can save all account info (username, password, etc.) and connect to VPN servers anytime from your android device.

Once you are connected to a VPN on Android, you will see this screen.

Android device

In order to disconnect your VPN connection, just tap the notification and then disconnect. That’s all there is to it!

 
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